A “Ball Joint” is part of the suspension system of a car or truck. The joint is made up of a ball and socket similar to your shoulder joint, This design allows movement in multiple directions at the same time. as your suspension travels up and down or your steering is turned left or right the ball joint allows this movement. Ball joints will wear over time and may require periodic replacement.
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Wondering “how to change a headlight”? For some vehicles replacing a burned out lamp is relatively easy. If your vehicle has access you may be able to replace the lamp yourself from under the hood. Other makes and models require disassembly of various shields and covers, possibly even removal of the bumper. Be careful to orient the new bulb properly and avoid getting oil/grease on the new bulb. If you have one lamp out it is a good time to check all of your lights.
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Power steering fluid should be changed every 3 years or 30,000 miles. As components in the steering system wear, metal particles will contaminate the fluid, which will cause seals in the system to leak and components to eventually fail. Checking the fluid level and changing the fluid at regular intervals recommended by the manufacturer is important for the life of the hoses, pistons, valves, seals, and the power steering pump itself.
With advancements in technology and design vehicle components are lasting longer then ever. Specifically new serpentine drive belts can last up to 90,000 miles. Since the late 1990s, automotive manufacturers have phased out Chloroprene (neoprene) serpentine belts and are now installing ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM for short) belts on current vehicle models. This new construction has extended the useful life of the belts. Gates, the leading belt manufacturer, suggests inspecting the belt system at 60k and replacing the belt system at 90k.
Transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles. Automotive transmission fluid has hydraulic and lubrication properties as the lifeblood of your transmission. The fluid is constantly exposed to extreme heat and friction. These conditions cause the fluid to break down over time losing its viscosity and lubricating ability. . According to the Automotive Transmission Builders Association (ATRA) 90% of all transmission failures are caused by overheating and fluid contamination. Regular transmission fluid will prevent failure, improve shifting, provide cooler operation and extend transmission life.
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You should never smell raw fuel while driving your vehicle. Any fuel related odor out of the ordinary should be checked out as soon as possible. The first thing you can look at is to make sure that the “gas cap” is fully sealed on your “fuel tank”. Better to be safe than sorry.
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When a cooling system leak is suspected or needs to be identified the technician will perform a “cooling system” pressure test. After a visual examination of the system a precise amount of pressure is applied to the cooling system to simulate operating pressure. While the system is under pressure the technician can identify the cause of leakage.
#coolant #radiator #antifreeze
Why does my air conditioner smell? The most common bad smell from your cars A/C unit is a moldy odor. This is a sign of mildew or fungus is growing in or around the air conditioner. It’s really not that surprising. After all, in addition to cooling the air in your car, air conditioners also remove excess moisture. If it’s not drained away properly, mold may begin to grow on areas with lingering moisture. Something as simple as a dirty filter can cause the smell of mildew. The “cabin filter” in your car should be serviced every 15,000 miles or once a year. During this service the technician can check the “evaporator” drain for proper flow as well.
When do I need get my car inspected? The windshield sticker on all PA inspected cars indicates the expiration date. Did you know that you can get your car inspected up to 90 days early? Even if you get your “PA inspection” completed early the expiration date will still be one year from the expiration date. If your sticker looks like the picture the expiration is April 30, 2016. This can be completed as early as February 2016.
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Cooling system fluid or “antifreeze” should be changed every four years or 60,000 miles. The coolant in your engine needs to be flushed regularly because it will have a change in pH level becoming acidic. This acidity will eat away at expensive cooling system components. Regular cooling system maintenance will keep the pH level balanced, extend the useful life of cooling system components, prevent overheating, and prevent contamination.
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